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'Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West' with Agata Pyzik
Wednesday 26th November, 7pm
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Para-academia’ with Deborah Withers, Alex Wardrop, and Charlotte Cooper
Saturday 6th December, 6.30pm
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‘Afghanistan: Mission Accomplished? The legacy of 14 years of war’ with Maya Evans
Wednesday 10th December, 7pm
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'The Democratic SurroundMultimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties' 
with Fred Turner

Friday 19th December, 7pm
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'Class Wargames Book Talk and Collective Playing of Brian Mayer’s Freedom: the underground railroad' with Richard Barbrook 
Monday 22th December, 7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

We regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and are always welcome for suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances.

Click here for an archive; which includes a number of selected filmed highlights, of our previous events. Also, you can view video from some special events here.

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BOOK TALK
'Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West
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with Agata Pyzik

Wednesday 26th November, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Agata will be speaking about the continued cultural divide that separates East and West Europe.

The passengers of the low-budget airlines go East for stag parties, and they go West for work; but the East stays East, and West stays West. Caricatures abound - the Polish plumber in the tabloids, the New Cold War in the broadsheets and the endless search for 'the new Berlin' for hipsters.

Against the stereotypes, Agata Pyzik peers behind the curtain to take a look at the secret histories of Eastern Europe and its tortured relations with the West. Neoliberalism and mass migration, post-punk and the Bowiephile obsession with the Eastern Bloc, Orientalism and 'self-colonisation', the emancipatory potentials of Socialist Realism, the possibility of a non-Western idea of modernity and futurism, and the place of Eastern Europe in any current revival of 'the idea of communism' – all are much more complex and surprising than they appear.

Agata’s book ‘Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West’ (2014, Zero Books) refuses both a dewy-eyed Nostalgia for the 'good old days' and the equally desperate desire to become a 'normal part of Europe', reclaiming instead the idea of an Other Europe.

BOOK LAUNCH
‘Para-academia’
with Deborah Withers, Alex Wardrop, and Charlotte Cooper
Saturday 6th December, 6.30pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


'Academia is dying, and in the process compulsively crushes the desires for learning, creating, teaching, cooperating it claimed to foster', Isabelle Stengers writes as endorsement for The Para-Academic Handbook: A Toolkit for making-learning-creating-acting, a unique collection exploring the margins of contemporary academia.


The book collects global perspectives of people who feel connected, in different ways, to the practice of para-academia. Those people who work alongside, beside, next to, and rub up against the proper location of the Academy, making the work of higher education a little more irregular and perverse.


This event will discuss the perils, possibilities and necessities of para-academic practice. It will explore how alternatives to the marketised university can not only be sustained, but also flourish. Speakers include editors of the collection Deborah Withers and Alex Wardrop, and contributor Charlotte Cooper.

Published by Hammer On Press www.hammeronpress.net


TALK
‘Afghanistan: Mission Accomplished? The legacy of 14 years of war’
with Maya Evans
Wednesday 10th December, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


After 14 years British forces have officially concluded their war in Afghanistan, but what is the legacy of the conflict?

 

Maya Evans has now visited Afghanistan three times over the last three years during which she lived and work with a non-violent Afghan youth group who campaign for peace and grassroots change. During her trips Maya visited refugee camps, health facilities, NGOs, journalists and moreover ordinary Afghans, giving her political analysis a grassroots perspective.

Her previous campaigning against the Afghan war has included a High Court enquiry into the British treatment of Afghan detainees, as well as a prison sentence for protests relating to a NATO bombing of an Afghan wedding party.

Maya is the Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK 

www.vcnvuk.wordpress.com


BOOK TALK
'The Democratic Surround
: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties'
with Fred Turner and Richard Barbrook

Friday 19th December, 7pm
Free Entry



Housmans are delighted to welcome Fred Turner, associate professor of communication at Stanford University, to discuss his latest book, 'The Democratic Surround'. The event will be chaired by Richard Barbrook of Cybersalon and politics lecturer at University of Westminster.


"This is the true story of how a small group of artists and anthropologists set out to create an alternative to fascism during World War II – and ended up setting the stage for the consumer-driven, media-saturated world we inhabit today. A gripping, well-balanced, and surprising history.” Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

We commonly think of the psychedelic ’60s as an explosion of creative energy and freedom that arose in direct revolt against the social restraint and authoritarian hierarchy of the early Cold War years. Yet, as Fred Turner reveals in The Democratic Surround, the decades that brought us the Korean War and communist witch hunts also witnessed an extraordinary turn toward explicitly democratic, open, and inclusive ideas of communication and with them new, flexible models of social order. Surprisingly, he shows that it was this turn that brought us the revolutionary multimedia and the wild-eyed individualism of the 1960s counterculture.

In this prequel to his celebrated book From Counterculture to Cyberculture, Turner rewrites the history of postwar America, showing how in the 1940s and ’50s American liberalism offered a far more radical social vision than we now remember. Turner tracks the influential mid-century entwining of Bauhaus aesthetics with American social science and psychology. From the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the New Bauhaus in Chicago and Black Mountain College in North Carolina, Turner shows how some of the most well-known artists and intellectuals of the forties developed new models of media, new theories of interpersonal and international collaboration, and new visions of an open, tolerant, and democratic self in direct contrast to the repression and conformity associated with the fascist and communist movements.

He then shows how their work shaped some of the most significant media events of the Cold War, including Edward Steichen’s Family of Man exhibition, the multimedia performances of John Cage, and, ultimately, the psychedelic Be-Ins of the sixties. Turner demonstrates that by the end of the 1950s this vision of the democratic self and the media built to promote it would actually become part of the mainstream, even shaping American propaganda efforts in Europe.

BOOK TALK
'Class Wargames Book Talk and Collective Playing of Brian Mayer’s Freedom: the underground railroad' with Richard Barbrook
Monday 22th December, 7pm

Free Entry


Class Wargames Celebrates the Solstice! The Emancipation Trail is Opened!

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” – Frederick Douglass

Richard Barbrook will be talking about his new book 'Class Wargames: ludic subversion against spectacular capitalism' - the ideal Xmas present for the radicals in your life! This presentation will be followed by a participatory performance of 'Freedom' – a cooperative board game where the players are Abolitionists aiding people escaping from the slave labour camps of early-19th America. http://academygames.com/games/freedom-series/freedom-the-underground-railroad

For more info Class Wargames please visit: http://www.classwargames.net


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